Costs of everyday items are up to 15% higher in London

Londoners face paying up to 15 per cent more than the national average for everyday items, according to official figures.

The sharp differences in costs across the UK have been laid bare in new analysis - showing that Northern Ireland is the cheapest place to live.

Overall prices across categories including food and drink, transport, clothing, and hotels were 7 per cent above the rest of the country - with wages and overheads for business said to be responsible.

Londoners face paying up to 15 per cent more than the national average for everyday items, according to the ONS analysis. In this chart 100 represents the national average

Londoners face paying up to 15 per cent more than the national average for everyday items, according to the ONS analysis. In this chart 100 represents the national average

Recreational activities were 14.8 per cent more expensive than usual in London, and restaurants and hotels 13 per cent.

By contrast, Northern Ireland was 2.3 per cent cheaper across the board - and for some things it was 6.6 per cent less costly.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) studied a basket of common goods and services - but not rent

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